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SmartGrid apt for India’s power woes

According to reports, use of Smart Grid technology will in due course of time help save power and integrate renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy and hence was apt for introduction in the power scenario in India, Xavier Fernando, professor of electrical engineering at the Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, has said.

A Smart Grid is an electrical power system that uses digital technology to gather information about the behaviours of suppliers and consumers, in an automated fashion.

Its use was emphasized at the Malabar subsection of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) organised a lecture programme on ‘Communication and Signal Processing’ at the National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC) on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Xavier Fernando stressed on the need for introducing the technology of Smart Grid in India to improve reliability, efficiency and sustainability in the production and distribution of electric power.

He said communication and signal processing were two major areas where implementation of Smart Grid along with smart meters could make a major difference. Smart Grid could improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity.

Roll-out of smart grid technology according to him also implied a fundamental re-engineering of the electricity services industry, although typical usage of the term is focused on the technical infrastructure.

Significant saving in energy, ease of integrating renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy with large hydro thermal stations will be added benefits of this system.

“This will ultimately be beneficial to the utilities and consumers at the same time,” he said.

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